Art and Diplomacy. The Japanese Collections of the Château de Fontainebleau - Exhibition catalogue
The roving embassies of 1862 and 1864 were intended to sound out the intentions of European governments and attempt to renegotiate the so-called unequal treaties that had just been signed following Commodore Perry's forced opening of Japan in 1854. Japan, as part of the Sinicized world, had great experience in the art of gift giving. It was therefore on the basis of this tradition that it sent paintings, lacquerware and other objects to France. The Japanese diplomatic archives tell us about the care taken in selecting the works and the manufacturing process and how they were sometimes adapted to Western taste. These gifts were intended above all to enable Japan to demonstrate its prestige on the international scene. But their presence at the Château de Fontainebleau was also in keeping with the great tradition of the European elite's taste for the art of East Asia, on the eve of the blossoming of Japonism.
Exhibition at the château de Fontainebleau from 4 June to 20 September 2021.
144 pages / 100 illustrations
- Dimensions :
- 22 x 22 x 1,5 cm
- Museum :
- Musée et domaine nationaux du château de Fontainebleau
- EAN :
- Size of the book :
- Paperback with flap
- Reference :
- Author :
- Bauer Estelle;Droguet Vincent;